December 12, 2018
Our Lady of Guadalupe
(I am sharing a reflection I wrote in 2016 for this feast. I hope you don’t mind. It says everything I would want to say today!!)
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!! St. Juan Diego received a miraculous image of Our Lady on his simple Tilma, while presenting to his bishop the miraculous roses that bloomed on Tepeyac Hill in December. He thought that the roses would be proof to the bishop that Our Lady had appeared to him. But Our Lady had an even more amazing sign to give. She appeared to the bishop when Juan Diego opened his Tilma! She left her image on the poor Tilma of poor Juan Diego!
There is much written about the miraculous image, too much for me to list. But Our Lady staked her claim in Mexico that day, coming to save the little ones, the natives who needed her so much. It seems that if Our Lady could leave such an amazing sign in Mexico City, a Tilma that should have decayed hundreds of years ago upon which an image floats of a Woman with Child, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of 12 stars, and all kinds of other incredible signs embedded in it, then she can easily leave another sign in Medjugorje. She has promised to do so. We can depend on her!
Thursday, October 22, 1981
After many people saw the cross on Mt. Krizevac transform itself into a light, and then into a silhouette of Our Lady, she said:
“All of these signs are designed to strengthen your faith until I leave you the visible and permanent sign.”
The permanent sign will strengthen our faith for the times we are in. Our Lady has spoken to us very little about the permanent sign, but she did say this:
Friday, June 24, 1983
“The sign will come, you must not worry about it. The only thing that I would want to tell you is to be converted. Make that known to all my children as quickly as possible. No pain, no suffering is too great to me in order to save you. I will pray to my Son not to punish the world; but I beseech you, be converted. You cannot imagine what is going to happen nor what the Eternal Father will send to earth. That is why you must be converted! Renounce everything. Do penance. Express my acknowledgement to all my children who have prayed and fasted. I carry all this to my Divine Son in order to obtain an alleviation of His justice against the sins of mankind. I thank the people who have prayed and fasted. Persevere and help me to convert the world.”
Certainly, the permanent sign is not a trivial thing. It will be a moment of conversion for the whole world, a moment that will be critical. Our Lady wants us to convert now, before the sign. Convert and help her to bring conversion graces to other!
Our Lady dictated this lovely prayer to Jelena Vasilj in 1984, as a help for the prayer group in their conversion. We can pray it today for our own conversion and the fulfillment of Our Lady’s plan in Medjugorje.
Holy Thursday, April 19, 1984
How to Give Oneself to Mary, Mother of Goodness, of Love and of Mercy
(Given by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilj, 4/19/1984)
Oh my Mother!
Mother of goodness, love and mercy!
I love you immensely, and I offer myself to you.
Through your goodness, your love,
And your mercy, save me!
I wish to be yours.
I love you immensely
And I wish that you protect me.
In my heart, oh mother of goodness,
Give me your goodness,
So that I go to Heaven.
I ask you for your immense love
That you may give me the grace
That I will be able to love each one
Just like you loved Jesus Christ.
I ask you in grace
That I be able to be merciful* to you.
I offer myself completely to you
And I wish that you will be with me at each step,
Because you are full of grace.
I wish never to forget your grace,
And if I should lose it,
I will ask, make me find it again. Amen.
*According to Fr. Slavko, this statement means:
That I know how to love your will when it differs from mine.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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